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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
I. Patriotism
England to America
Sydney Dobell (1824–1874)
 
  NOR force nor fraud shall sunder us! O ye
    Who north or south, or east or western land,
    Native to noble sounds, say truth for truth,
  Freedom for freedom, love for love, and God
    For God; O ye who in eternal youth        5
  Speak with a living and creative flood
  This universal English, and do stand
  Its breathing book; live worthy of that grand
  Heroic utterance—parted, yet a whole,
    Far, yet unsevered,—children brave and free        10
    Of the great Mother tongue, and ye shall be
  Lords of an empire wide as Shakespeare’s soul,
      Sublime as Milton’s immemorial theme,
And rich as Chaucer’s speech, and fair as Spenser’s dream.
 
 
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